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Challenges aplenty await Cup teams at PIR

Updated: April 9, 2010, 5:13 PM ET
By Terry Blount

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- One word sums up the key to winning at Phoenix International Raceway: compromise.

No one wins at PIR without making some compromises on the oddly shaped 1-mile oval.

"You have to give up something to gain more elsewhere," Jeff Burton said of strategy at Phoenix. "That's true at most places, but the smaller the track, the more important it is because you have less room to make up for the error."

PIR's unique design -- a tight turn on one end and a wide, sweeping ...

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